We are all connected to each other through the Internet nowadays one way or another. Indeed rapid development of services provided over the Internet has made our lives much easier to do a lot of things – from finding information for school or work projects, online booking of tickets and online banking to looking at cat videos on Youtube for amusement and have a read at the online version of our favourite magazine or newspaper. Then again, in the great words of Peter Parker’s (Spiderman for those who are not into comics :P) uncle: “With great power comes great responsibility!”. You can ask yourself right now “What responsibility is this guy talking about? I can do whatever I want on the net – it is my given right of freedom!”. True, but think about it this way – not all people are good guys out there. We have all heard the stories about people’s accounts being hacked, which has led from showing the naked selfies of certain famous people to more serious damage like zeroing one’s bank account balance. I have spoken to a lot of people in my surrounding about the topic of Internet privacy and I saw that most of the people don’t really take any precautions to protect themselves in the cyberspace. That’s why I decided to start this blog on the topic. Don’t worry, this is not going to be one of those geeky IT nerd blogs you usually see on the Internet. I am not going to bore you to death with technical babel, but simply shed some light on the topic and provide easy to use advices, which can help you better protect yourself while not disrupting your usual routine in cyberspace. I’ll just help you make it a bit safer with a weekly post on my blog 😉
We have all read articles related to Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the NSA’s eavesdroping habbits into people’s lives and gathering information about everybody doing anything. This caused a lot of dispute among internet users all over the world that they have the right to their privacy and that actions of that sort are in violation of basic human rights in the digital era. However it really surprises me how little people are actually doing to protect themselves. People should be more concerned what happens to their data on the Internet and how it is or may be used by third parties. Take a moment and think about how things are interconnected. You can use your facebook account to login to different websites that require some sort of registration to view their content or how you use your google account or apple account to connect all your devices all together. As comfortable it is to just press a button and everything to be connected for your ease one wrong doing from another person, like getting access to at least one of your accounts can potentionally give access to all your data on all platforms you use. A very nice video on the subject can be seen on the YouTube video below
Also another problem which should concern you is the information you send using e-mail portals, which do not provide much security on their website or mobile platform. Although I will dedicate one blog post specifically on the topic of e-mail security one thing that you should always look for is the little padlock icon and the https:// line starting in your browser’s address bar when you open your e-mail website. This means that it uses a secure connection to the server and information such as e-mail account and password are sent encrypted. This means that it is not sent over the Internet in plaintext. If that was the case any person with a bit more advanced knowledge in networking can get your credentials and gain access over your e-mail. As already mentioned if you use that same e-mail for your social media accounts or any other websites, well you better have your e-mail secured. Otherwise your digital life can be in serious jeopardy.
Thankfully there are two sides to a story. The good news is that Internet security is advancing at a miraculous pace and although we do not really see progress in front of us on the screen, the real magic is behind the sugar coated user interface. However, even the best security measures cannot help if you do not use them. That is why I will do my best to introduce you to safer practices and keep everything as safe as you can on your end. 🙂 Do you think it is possible to have a private and safe life in the Internet or it is just a wishful dream nowadays? Or maybe you’d like to share precautions you use to protect yourself in cyberspace? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂